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A Teachers Back To School Guide For Social Distancing And More!

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So, as we imagined (and also hope against) the unknowns are still present. While many districts have opted to go virtual, some are still in discussion mode of what to expect, and yet, there are some districts who are still determined to start school …. on time, full class, 5 days a week. While all of this is still a blur and not ideal, there is no time like the present to plan, plan, and then plan again.

Virtual Return

Has your school district already decided that you will return virtually or have to teach virtually? I put together a free guide for making the most of this type of return, coupled with free websites and videos to help enhance further virtual learning and make the transition smoother.

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Social Distancing Support

So, obviously everyone's situation for returning is not one size fits all! Here are a few things to remember when you do have to return in person:

  • make lists (and check them twice)
  • carry extra masks for yourself – check out this Instagram post from @mrscallscampers for storing and separating your clean/dirty masks
  • treat yourself at least once a week, whether it be your favorite coffee or a bubble bath = you NEED the time to breathe
  • support and uplift one another, including admin …. NO ONE likes the choices having to be made
  • remember to find little ways to say thank you and ask how someone's day is going …. the little things from before don't have to end, just might look different


In order to help you with all the new social distance guidelines and distance learning, some of my favorite teacher authors and I got together to bring you some teaching tools you can use during this Back to School Time! This is exciting because some of these are resources are way too time consuming for teachers to create.  There are a few freebies in the mix too!!!

Digital Guide for Back to School
Social Distance Greetings by the Teacher's Brain
Get To Know Your Students by Samson's Shoppe
Social Distancing Coloring Book by We Are Better Together
Math & ELA Toolbox by JD's Rockin' Readers
Pen Pal Letters Writing Packet by Where the Teaching Things Are
Reading Interest Survey by Marcy's Mayhem
Covid Safety Posters & Name Desk Plates by The Fun Factory
How To Talk to Your Children About the CoronavirUS by The Fun Factory
Digital Resources Animal Adaptations by The Owl Teacher
Staying Safe Shared and Emergent Reader Rules Booklet by Teach Magically
Video Chat Class Etiquette Posters by Teach Me T

Just know that you're not alone in this journey – as a teacher community, we are here to uplift one another, collaborate, and understand. What other ideas would you like to share to ensure safe distancing?


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